[San Francisco General Strike] (Part I)
Union workers in San Francisco stage a general strike, shutting down the city to support striking longshoremen.
Run time 1:37Producer Pathe NewsSponsor N/AAudio/Visual Sd, B&W
San Francisco in the grip of general strike: scenes of deserted streets and stores, abandoned vehicles where they ran out of gas / speech by Mayor Angelo Rossi (Pathe)
San Francisco maritime strike, 1934 Longshore workers General strikes Stretes (empty) Civil disorders Shortages Scarcity Labor history
October 2, 2004
Which side are you on?
These 2 films, part 1 and part 2, are just about a minute and a half each, why they are split in two parts I'll never know... Anyways, the first part shows us the effect of the strike, which apparently puts SF to a standtill (according to the images). The SF mayor comes on and pleads for the unionists to stop this nonsense.
The second part deals with the riots that happens. We don't see much, just some cops blowing tear gas and people being carted away. We then get to hear the union's side of the story and the show ends curiously with a pro business slant of things, saying that the ships sitting there are a 'backwards step in our recovery program!"
November 23, 2003
the great depression
1934 and the world was enduring massive unemployment bringing misery, starvaton and unrest to people everyone. This newsreel recounts only one of the numerous reactions